His marriage to a black woman on The Jeffersons was among the first interracial marriages portrayed on national television.
He was a Shakespearean actor, appearing in productions of Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and the title role in Macbeth.
He also starred in television shows including All in the Family, Will & Grace, and Living Single.
His wife, Mary Bradford Stone ran a dance company.
He often played the comic foil to Sherman Hemsley's character, George Jefferson, on The Jeffersons.